Washington Primary School Principal Michelle Richards recently presented awards to January’s top students and introduced February’s Featured Artists.
The veteran educator presented certificates to 17 Washington Ways Award recipients for their outstanding performance in classrooms and all around the building, including playground areas.
January’s honorees include Kimberly Gonzalez, Olivia Voight, Joe Castillo Guerva, Gregory Hinton, Jaydon Hernandez Suazo, Byron Jimenez, Andrew Cahn, Kaylee Bermudez-Gomez, Arianna Velasquez Sorto, Mia Fils-Aime, Justin Vujeva, Hector Perez Nunez, Danny Stabile, Matthew Cruz Perdomo, Sindy Velasquez Mancia, Kateryne Zelaya Yanes and Jaden Guardado.
The entire classes of teachers Karina Menter and Joanne Tures were also honored.
Here’s how the monthly Washington Ways program works:
White tickets are awarded weekly for good behaviors and actions in the classroom. White ticket winners are honored with special recognition in their classroom at the end of each week and their names are announced every Monday morning.
Red tickets are presented to individuals for especially good behavior outside of classrooms, including in hallways, buses, the playground and cafeteria, etc. At the end of the month, the student in each class with the greatest number of red tickets is recognized with a special certificate. Dr. Richards announces the names of the honorees over Washington’s PA system.
Students are quite aware of the Washington Ways program and the reason it exists. They are happy to be recognized with a colorful ticket. They quickly give the ticket to their classroom teacher so a notation can be made and it can be credited to them. They love telling their parents about their recognition, too.
Entire classes can earn blue tickets for positive group behavior outside of the classroom. Blue tickets are also awarded to the two classes within the building with the most tickets overall.
Featured Artists of the Month
February’s Featured Artists of the Month are an impressive group of youngsters. Their artwork is currently on display in the school’s main hallway outside the cafeteria. The students have been working with art teacher Maria Mazzola.
Washington’s Featured Artists include Mina Parlante, Leo Afa, Hunter Brignoli, Olivia Voight, Ethan Kim, Christopher Santamaria, Isla Campbell, Savanna Sturges, Jaden Scott, Christian Rivas Jerez, Mason Ubriaco, Haley Veliz Guardado, Lia Zivkovic, Fintan Hackett-Johnson and Sindy Velasquez Santos.
“It’s wonderful to be able to recognize our Washington Ways Award winners and our most recent Featured Artists,” Dr. Richards said. “We are so proud of each one of our students.”